Siddartha’s rainbow

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Every human being is god himself, but it does not understand its true self, and it is constantly engulfed by the influence of its mind, its intellect, which you call as a great illusion, says Vamsi Krishna.

To convert to Mr. Vamsi’s belief, one would have to agree that thinking is an illusion, because own mind is an illusion, and then, how does one even know if one is a believer, when own mind and thinking is not to be taken for real?

We can view “The Awakening of a New Wave of Consciousness” on YouTube.

To children, a rainbow is something vivid and real; but the grown-ups know that it is merely an illusion caused by certain rays of light and drops of water, says a Buddhist teaching, denying there could be a soul.[1]

Rainbows are perfectly physical phenomena. However, saying a rainbow is real does not prove the soul, as this form of existence is believed to continue outside any material dimensions. Evidently, there is some difference between the Buddhist and another human, in telling what is physical.

To consider Anatta or another Buddhist belief with regard to perception, let us mind that entire collections of teachings were attributed to Siddartha from spoken tradition. They were reportedly first committed to writing about 400 years after the Buddha’s death. The copies people have today are still younger and by no means autographs by the Buddha or his disciples.

Even the Buddha’s language is uncertain, speculation pointing to Middle Indo-Aryan dialects and particularly Pali. The time the writings emerged is not known. It might have been the Middle Ages or later. The Middle Indo-Aryan period ended around 1500 CE.

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Upanishadic concepts are worded today as,

  • All psycho-physical processes (skandhas) are impermanent.
  • If there were a self it would be permanent.
  • If the self existed it would be the part of the person that performs the executive function, the “controller”.
  • The self could never desire that it be changed (“anti-reflexivity principle”).
  • Each of the five kinds of psycho-physical elements is such that one can desire that it be changed.
    The Upanishadic conclusion is ― There is no self.

There is some contradiction in the teachings:
Who is the one to tell the skandhas? Who is the one to want the self to be permanent, to want control, the self unchanged, and to desire to change the skandhas? Already at the time the concepts were formed, it had be a person, a self.

A skandha means a heap, aggregate, collection, or grouping. In Buddhism, it refers to the five aggregates that “constitute and completely explain mental and physical existence of sentient beings”, says Wikipedia on skandhas.

The five aggregates or heaps would be:

  • (1) rupa, the form, matter, or body;
  • (2) vedana, sensations or feelings received from form;
  • (3) samjna, perceptions;
  • (4) sankhara mental activity or formations;
  • (5) vijnana, consciousness.

Reservations:
(1) Form is not the same as matter. If to carve a word of whatever language in wood, and also write it in ink or print it out, it remains the same word in form, and the same word in different material realizations.
(2) Human emotion is not the same as somesthesia. To have esthetic pleasure from language form is different from feeling hungry.
(3) Perception does not exist in separation from (4) activity of own mind and (5) a conscious extent; all would differ from awareness, on medical and psychological grounds. Modern awareness hardly would limit the notion of form to the human body.

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The skandhas are more of collections, rather than anything to exist objectively in nature — they cannot “constitute and completely explain mental and physical existence of sentient beings”. There are yet people, as those in the movie above, to try the skandhas for sentience.

Alfred van den Bosch proposes “impersonal love”: Love is the glue of the universe, he says.

David Icke says we all live as droplets in an ocean of consciousness; people around us are reflections on our feelings, and our basic feelings are fear or love.

And all it is, as everything else is, a choice. A choice between fear and love, says Mr. Icke.

Mr. Icke might be the first Briton to claim that Shakespeare would not make it even for a fish pond.

The fear is a lack of being all powerful. Being anything less than an infinite love, puts us into a state of fear, says George Neo.


Acintya Govinda Das, an Australian Vedic historian, explains how the Earth continues to transition through Iron, Bronze, Silver, and Golden cycles:
In the Silver time, evil lives over the ocean. In the Golden, evil goes to live on another planet, and people get a lot of that Gold.

The story of metal times is reminiscent of the edict of expulsion, by English king Edward I. Evil living in people might be your metaphor, if you are ethnically intolerant, and live in an environment of changing racial proportions or influences. The king banished Jews over financial influence.

Only “seriously mystic Yogis” are to live in the Golden stage, says Mr. Das, but to get there, you need to mind who could be “meddling with your mind”. In this context, the movie shows the US Great Seal.

We have to become aware of who’s meddling in our minds. Our mind is our biggest problem, when it is not under our control, says Mr. Das.

Mr. Bonacci claims that death of the mortal body is a “non-event”.

If we continued to teach our original, nature religion, and we didn’t stop with the advent of Christianity, we would know that death of our mortal body is a non-event, says Mr. Bonacci.

…there is nothing more to us than just those skandhas, Wikipedia quotes Mark Siderits.[2]

Gregg Braden does not have human life for a big deal. He says that people watching the news on September 11 produced an emanation that altered the Earth’s electromagnetic field, and purports a classified reading by NASA in nanotesla, for the Twin Towers attacks.

I have never had access to secret or classified data, but I also never have seen a “NASA anonymous”, that is, an illustration or graph without a note on authors or agency. I browse pictures of the cosmos sometimes, to relax.

Nano means one billionth. People would not make a proud comparison against batteries, if to have tesla for the measurement. MRI magnetic range is 0.5 to 3.0 Tesla, or 5-30 thousand gauss, for cellular function imaging.

On the cellular level, Bud Barber says he perceives cosmic energies, as vibrations in his body.

The reason (for cosmic impulses) is the same a cell in your body puts out vibrations, within that cell, to make sure that the cell is a whole, is “operating on the same page”, he says.

On the side of desirability, as to be vibrated or otherwise influenced by the cosmos, Vamsi Krishna admits to experiencing adverse effects, but ascribes them to thought:
…a human being is “bombarded” with unwanted thoughts constantly, during the day, which depletes his mental energies. It causes a drain of physical energy.

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The Buddha starved to meditate, and reportedly even fainted during the practice. His observations might be early reasoning on stochastic and deterministic modes of brain neural networks. The modes are standard human neurophysiology. We can perceive them without hunger, stress, vibration, “bombardment”, or religious reference, to help own language study. Feel welcome to try:
Grammar Weblog, Mind practice.

With regard to language form and intellectual pleasure, feel welcome to poetry by Emily Dickinson:
Life | Love | Nature | Time and Eternity.

Notes: Fascicles and print, the poetic correlative with Webster 1828 and other literary devices, Latin and Greek inspiration, an Aristotelian theme. More→

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End notes

[1] What Buddhists Believe: Is There Eternal Soul? Screenshot | live page.
[2] Buddhist philosophy, Mark Siderits: „What the Buddhist has in mind is that on one occasion one part of the person might perform the executive function, on another occasion another part might do so. This would make it possible for every part to be subject to control without there being any part that always fills the role of controller (and so is the self). This would explain how it’s possible for us to seek to change any of the skandhas while there is nothing more to us than just those skandhas.” Ujęcie strony | strona w internecie.
Feel welcome to compare Human brains, parameters, and devices: The brain does not have a superior structure we could call “the boss”. Brains make inner networks. One time, one network or its part is more active. Another time, it is another network or part of a network. More→